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The Evening Sessions

Join us on Zoom for this virtual program! The Evening Sessions is a monthly adult program series featuring a fun and engaging mix of presentations, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, author visits, and performances on topics covering the arts, culture, history, science, and more!

This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Bay Arts Council. 

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The Orphan Train Era with Al & Dave Eicher

Al and Dave Eicher, research historians and television producers have created a new lecture presentation, “THE ORPHAN TRAIN ERA” which answers the “why?” questions about the Orphan Train in America. In the year of 2000, they discovered records of Orphan Train Riders in Michigan. By 2001, with the help of the New York Children’s Aid Society and the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America they were able to report 12,500 children were placed in Michigan between 1854 and 1927. Al and Dave in the past years have given over 200 presentation to Libraries, Historical Societies and Colleges on this event in Michigan’s History. To this day, the big questions “Why was there an Orphan Train in America”, “Why were so many children abandoned by their parents” and “Why were 240,000 children placed in 46 other States”? These questions are answered in this new presentation “THE ORPHAN TRAIN ERA”.

Children standing in front of an Orphan Train

How to Attend

This program will be held virtually via Zoom. Registration is required and limited to 100 devices. Please only register one seat per family. The Zoom link will be emailed before the program.

Boys looking out window of Orphan Train


Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.